MG Monday, 16 March 2009

Monday’s WOD:

“Annie”
50, 40, 30, 20, 10 of
Double-Unders
Sit-ups
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To keep things standard, we’ll all use anchored ABMAT sit-ups.
Remember, construction starts tomorrow.  Thank you so much to everyone for the great suggestions.   We’ll do our best to fit it as many as we can.  A few have asked for showers.  We have approached the landlord about this, but it is not feasible for now (no appropriate plumbing in  our area).  We’ll probably be hosting a “painting” party in the near future to spruce up the place.  If anyone has experience sealing concrete floors, i could also use your help.
Thanks again to Meegs for putting together the Grass Fed beef order.  For those who didn’t hop in on it, here’s a link to the website.  The owner, Ted Slanker is a great American.  He sends out a great news letter (i’m trying to figure out how to link it, but i’ll e-mail it out to eveyone for now).
This is 100% grassfed beef.  Absolutely zero grain passes the cows lips, ever.  Order through Ted.  Tell him you’re with CrossFit Hampton Roads.  
Here’s a rather long snippet from the newsletter:

Please Cancel Order, i.e. Blatant Intolerance
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Here’s an e-mail I received last November as we were starting to ship out the turkeys.

Please cancel the order I placed earlier this week for 1 12-14 lb. turkey and 1 6-lb. turkey breast. My name is xxxx, Fort Myers, Fl.
I was quite excited to find your website and looked forward to receiving the pastured Heritage turkey. However, after receiving your newsletter, and reading the thinly veiled, right-wing, anti-Obama rhetoric, I am afraid I cannot support an organization with your politics.
Please confirm my cancellation by return email.

What was my thinly veiled, right wing, anti-Obama rhetoric that so inflamed this person whose email address ended in “.edu”? Well, you may not remember, but in the October letter I started off my political commentary with: It’s time to throw all the bums out. But are there any good candidates in the wings? To me the current crop of presidential candidates leaves me wanting. What the country needs now more than ever is a true inspiring leader – one who has a vision beyond rhetoric.

Obviously, I didn’t think either major candidate was worth a hoot. Then in my musings I mentioned several pressing national issues that required innovative solutions that would really work. Then I closed out my commentary with this:

For sure, we have already saddled our citizenry with too many policies involving wealth redistribution (higher taxes for higher incomes and larger estates). The entire welfare state takes from all taxpayers and gives to those who do not pay taxes. It’s pretty radical thinking to believe it’s better for government bureaucrats to take more from the more productive citizens in order to spend their money for them. Sure, performing some tasks through the government can be more efficient and/or more practical than being left to individuals. But when the government is corrupt in many ways, then many of the spending projects are not all that practical – which means the money is wasted. So keeping taxes low and government spending even lower (smaller government) will do wonders for our nation in terms of everyone getting ahead.

Wealth redistribution (“spread the wealth around”) is socialism at its worst. Many Americans have worked their entire adult lives trying to build a nest egg (a business, stock portfolio, real estate holdings, savings account, etc.) so they can cash out and retire to a good life. Building a nest egg means they have increased their wealth. The government has no right to steal hard earned wealth, from people who have sacrificed, and give it away to those who do not sacrifice and/or are “less fortunate.” That’s not a proper function of any good government.

These last two paragraphs inflamed quite a few people. One fellow e-mailed over and over that I was nuts and he provided examples of where others of economic stature had said I was wrong. He claimed it was a proper function of government to take big bites out of the incomes of the more successful people and smaller bites from the incomes of unsuccessful people. And of course, the good person from “.edu” cancelled her order because I was “anti-Obama.”

What kind of people react like this? Do they only trade with businesses owned by people who want to be taxed more if they are successful? If that’s the case, then they don’t have very many shopping options. I don’t know of any business owners in the small business arena who want to see their taxes as a percent of income increase with their incomes. For sure they don’t want to pay “higher income tax rates” when they have that once in a lifetime opportunity to cash in their businesses and retire in style like Congressmen, Presidents, members of the Judicial Branch, and all state and federal employees do when they retire.

Of course, generally speaking the more unsuccessful anyone is, the more they want the other guy to pay. And that can be true for the owners of small businesses. And on the other hand, the super billionaires, who already give hundreds of millions of dollars to charities, don’t seem to mind if their income taxes are higher. Their assets are so huge they have it made in any case unless governments tax their assets instead of their income. You can bet your last dollar that none of them would go for an asset tax while they are alive.

And what about this idea of boycotting businesses owned by people who don’t seem to favor your candidate? I would imagine that alone would eliminate 50% of all businesses for everyone in the nation. But obviously that’s what some people do if you are bold enough to express your opinion here in America. Of course, everyone has the right to do business anyway they choose as long as it’s legal. It’s the same as having the right to eat foods that damage your health. Unfortunately, too many Americans are willing to eat grain, grain-based foods, and grain-fed livestock products which is why chronic disease runs rampant in our country. So their “right” is actually a bad thing because the nitwits who eat garbage end up infringing on me directly. That’s because some of the income taxes I pay go to care for the sicknesses of others who never cared a wit about taking care of their bodies first.

Because folks insist on eating improper foods, maybe we should get the politicians to pass a law against the production and distribution of grain, grain-based foods, grain-fed livestock products, and high glycemic foods – just like the drug laws. Or a more subtle way would be to levy extra taxes on those products, just like with cigarettes, to discourage their production and consumption. Oops, does that mean higher taxes on successful people may discourage them from trying harder and from investing in the building of bigger and better businesses that employ more people and better serve the public?
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Cheap Grass-Fed Meats
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For some folks money is tight these days so they’ve convinced themselves they can’t afford to eat right. My first thought is, “Tight money is a really poor excuse not to eat right.” For sure real food is more expensive than the grain, grain-based, grain-fed livestock products, and many modern concocted foods. But if the focus is to maintain one’s health (and the health of one’s family members) then setting priorities and budgeting is required. Plus eating righ.t will lower living costs over time by greatly reducing costs for servicing current chronic diseases or those that may soon occur.

When it comes to budgeting most folks believe they do just that. Well, to a degree everyone does. But it’s the degree by which one restricts expenditures that determines whether one has optimized the alignment of his expenditures, priorities, and cash flow. I believe that in every household there are numerous expenditures that can be cut and some eliminated.

Right, doing so requires sacrifice, discipline, and change.

In the food arena here’s what I’d eat to absolutely minimize my expenses. For sure I’d cut out all grain, grain-based foods, grain-fed livestock products, concocted foods, snacks, and meals out. I’d cut out all high glycemic foods. I’d drink nothing but water. I’d purchase zero dairy products, no nuts, and very little fruit. (Most fruits are high glycemic and are high cost for what nutrients they provide.) I’d eat no poultry products except eggs that advertise no less than 350 mg of Omega-3 per egg. This first step frees up money that can redirected to proper foods.

What I would eat is grass-fed meats, leafy greens, and vegetables such as broccoli, brussel sprouts, celery, and other similar fare that grow above ground. Some of the veggies I’d grow in the yard or in a pot. I’d eat the meat three times a day and the veggies too. (Omelets in the morning anyone?)

Here’s some “cheap” grass-fed meat products that make inexpensive meals.
Bone-in Stew Meats (Lamb and Goat) for stews.
Meaty Neck Bones (Beef, Bison, Pork) along with Marrow Bones for soups.
Organ meats (all critters).
Short Ribs (Beef and Lamb).
Meaty Ribs (Goat).
Pork Shoulder Roasts.
Arm Roasts (Beef and Bison).
2-pound Packs of Ground Beef and Bison.
Ground Pork and Ground Goat.

To step it up for special meals I’d go for:
Dungeness Crab.
Beef Chuck Steak, Rib Steak, Round Steak, Cube Steak, and Skirt Steak.
Beef Pikes Peak Roasts.
Pork Ham Slices.

Go to our Meat Store Home Page to check out the pricing of our various meat cuts.
http://www.texasgrassfedbeef.com/you_too_can_eat_healthy_beef.htm

Now this is where folks start telling me that they don’t like this and they don’t like that. In other words, they don’t want to change no matter what it costs them in the health department. But I contend that if one wants to take care of his health on a budget, then he’ll grow to like all these options – even the various organ meats. But it takes commitment to make change.

Best and Worst Foods:
http://www.texasgrassfedbeef.com/id68.htm
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What’s Stimulus and What’s Not
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There’s lots of talk these days about stimulus packages and such. I for one believe that if the Federal Reserve and the Treasury hadn’t shored up the big banks, the lights would have gone out all across the land. That’s because the debt pyramid is too big to withstand even a mild contraction and the big banks are at the “epicenter” of the debt pyramid. If the “free market” had it’s way, instead of a limited credit contraction, any contraction from current high levels would be a catalyst for a credit structure implosion that would unwind the entire credit system to the last penny destroying the dollar in the process. (The dollar is an IOU backed by Treasury Bills payable in dollars. Huh? What you say?)

There’s only two ways an overextended debt structure can contract. Either everyone pays off all their debts (or services them while economic activity grinds to a halt) or all debts are bankrupted out of existence. Since there is just too much debt, the first option can’t happen especially if economic activity stops. Therefore an imploding credit structure would mean bankruptcy across the board and a worthless dollar. In that case the only thing left standing would be empty buildings and a hungry mob.

That’s why the bank rescue package was a necessity if our nation wanted to postpone the inevitable ultimate payoff. To go along with this measure, the next step requires at least a stabilization of economic activity followed eventually by at least some growth. Growth will only occur after business and consumer confidence improves. Confidence will improve with a more stable economy, a rising stock market, and inspiring leadership with practical goals.

The whole idea of the stimulus package is to stop the downturn and stabilize economic activity. That can happen if the government creates funds (prints money) and spends it in the private sector. The money can’t be taken (taxed or borrowed) from the private sector because that just takes money out of the hands of people who will spent it or invest it anyway. Taking money from consumers, investors, and business owners is a wasteful transfer payment in a time when everyone is hurting in the first place. Therefore, for stimulus funds to work they must be created.

And now here’s the real kicker. For stimulus to be really effective, it must be spent on sustainable business activities that provide a positive return over time. The repairing of worn out roads, bridges, dams, waterways, airports and ports falls into the category of government spending that pays dividends in the future. Rebuilding our nation’s inventory of military equipment worn out in the wars is another example of spending money today that will lighten spending in the future.

The most effective stimulus comes in the form of tax deductions and/or grants to businesses and individuals for capital expenditures. Building nuclear power plants is a great option since the United States has fallen far behind the rest of the world in nuclear powered electrical generation. Nuclear power is clean, reliable, relatively inexpensive power. Also, constructing long distance power grids from prospective areas for solar wind farms is a good investment. With the ability to transport electricity to major urban centers more wind farms will be built as oil prices pick back up. All equipment wears out in time, so the longer the slump lasts the greater the demand for new equipment. So liberal capital investment write offs for businesses of all kinds, individuals, and farmers will spur demand.

Yes, liberal write-offs and construction grants are in effect tax deductions for the so-called wealthy. But they work. Back in the Bush-the-Elder’s stint as President he pushed through a 10% luxury tax to lower the deficit caused by excessive government spending. That simple act nearly stopped boat sales in their tracks and wiped out several major pleasure boat builders along with the skilled jobs once held by responsible middle class people. So, taxes as well as tax incentives work. Taxes are a disincentive and deductions are an incentive. So it’s clear as to what must be done to get the private sector to make, move, grow, produce, and consume more things.

But what about spending newly printed money on government projects such as expanded health care, bigger schools, more government buildings, and more government agencies to help the down trodden? Without a doubt, in the near term, spending in whatever form stimulates employment and overall economic activity. Yet expanded government programs, more government infrastructure, and more government employees is detrimental in the long run. That kind of stimulus is bad stimulus because bigger government (more government employees), more public buildings, and more expensive government programs must be supported and maintained in the future with tax revenues. So if the government grows larger, in time it will have to take a bigger percentage bite out of the productive private sector when the stimulus spending comes to a halt – especially if it wants to pay down debts. It’s either that or the stimulus must continue indefinitely.

The private sector operates under the real world constraints of income statements and balance sheets. No part of the private sector is sustainable unless it generates a profit – and that is true for individuals just as it is with businesses. The private sector is also the nation’s only engine for real sustainable economic growth and wealth creation.

On the other hand, governments operate with budgets – which are appropriated funds that must be spent. The private sector earns it’s way. The public sector spends money taken from the productive private sector. That’s the way it is. Taxes paid by government employees don’t count because in effect they are recycled appropriated funds. Government workers are not paid from earnings because the government doesn’t earn anything it only takes.

Ironically, Federal payrolls are expanding in today’s business climate while private sector payrolls are declining. That means fewer productive private sector workers are being called upon to support a growing number of public sector workers. And worst of all, the average wages plus benefits of government workers is now higher than the average wages and benefits of private sector workers. If these trends continue, at some point in time the system will collapse of its own weight. Therefore, any growth today in government will be a greater burden on the private sector in a year or two when the stimulus (printed money) runs out.

This is why some states are reluctant to accept some of the project directed funds being offered in the stimulus package Congress passed just a few weeks ago. The governors in the reluctant states do not want to initiate expensive government programs that must be funded in the years ahead by increasing the tax burdens on their citizens.
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Private Planes Make Money, Save Time,
and Lower Stress
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All too often our Congressmen exhibit tremendous ignorance or hypocrisy and way too often both at the same time. During the Big Three auto company Congressional hearings the dingbats really tore into the CEOs of the Big Three for flying to Washington in their corporate jets. That was a classic example of Congressmen performing at their worst – and a media that is all too often as ridiculous as the Congressmen.

We all know that at every opportunity most members of Congress will take “rides” in corporate jets (funded by lobbying efforts) and government supplied executive jets and air carriers (tax payer funded). The Congressional hucksters take those “free” rides to participate in junkets abroad (at taxpayer expense or lobbying gifts), to tour other lands (at taxpayer expense or lobbying gifts), to visit lavish resorts for fun and sun (at taxpayer expense or lobbying gifts), and to travel back and forth from their home bases and Washington (at taxpayer expense or lobbying gifts). The president has two huge 747s decked out for his needs – even if it’s only to have a haircut. The Speaker of the House has a fleet of Air Force jets at her disposal which she uses at taxpayer expense. And the military regularly flies members of Congress around whenever they request it – on the taxpayer’s dime.

When it comes to paying for a flight, every time the political leaders take a government supplied transporter they are literally spending our money so they can jet set around the globe. And for what? To generate a profit for government? If not, then what’s their hurry?

For sure I agree that the executive pay in the Fortune 500 companies is in most cases excessive relative to the average pay of the overall corporate work forces. That is a misguided social/business issue that has evolved over the past 30 years. It primary exists because most of the Fortune 500 companies are run by elitist manager/politicians instead of entrpreneurial types who created their businesses from scratch. Therefore the “elected” directors and “hand picked” managers think their corporations (owned by distant shareholders) are their own personal slush funds rather than businesses with commitments to shareholders, employees, as well as the customers they serve. The mind set of responsibility seems to change to greed whenever top management is an employee rather than the original business owner.

But nonetheless, even in situations where executive pay is more realistic there are very few business that wouldn’t benefit from owing a corporate aircraft. That’s why so many companies have planes. If a company has more than one location (especially in distant lands) and customers more than 100 miles from them (how about across the nation or in distant lands), it can benefit immensely by using a private plane.

How is that?

Well, before you read much further, tell me why you’d rather drive an expensive car 300 miles to a meeting rather than take a bus. Or how about taking a bus to work instead of driving? In both cases the bus is cheaper. Maybe now you catch my drift and can understand why, compared to airlines, private aircraft are more convenient and can be faster – even on coast to coast flights! Private aircraft can land at any of the many thousands of airports that are in small communities all over the nation. As of 2004 (the most current data) there are 19,820 airports in the USA, according to the U.S. Bureau of Transportation Statistics. That includes civil and joint-use civil-military airports, heliports, STOL (short takeoff and landing) ports, and seaplane bases in the United States and its territories. Of that, 14,532 are private use airfields and 573 are commercial airports.

What’s really neat is that at many private airports passengers can usually drive right up to their plane in a car. Takeoff is a matter of a few minutes after their arrival. The baggage is never delayed or lost. Executives can work while they travel and discuss business via their phones in private. And the list of benefits goes on and on, a big one being a change in plans while en route! Try that on a commercial flight sometime.

I have been a pilot for 35 years. When I heard the Congressmen, followed by the lame brained media, ridicule all business airplane owners as being wasteful pleasure seekers, I nearly puked. Private aircraft mean greater efficiency. Efficient businesses are better businesses. I remember when cell phones cost $3,000. If you were in any kind of a dynamic business back then, a $3,000 phone was cheap compared to the no-phone alternative.

Just to make sure you know more than 98% of all Americans, take a look at these links featuring modern personal/business aircraft that many businessmen fly today. Most of the smaller four passenger planes get better than 15 miles to the gallon while carrying four people at 250 miles per hour. Since air miles are usually 20% shorter than highway miles, that means these folks are scooting right along, saving valuable time. In business, time is money. For a fact private planes are to commercial airliners like cars are to buses – only better.
http://www.cirrusaircraft.com/turbo/
http://www.mooney.com/acclaim-type-s/overview.html
http://www.cessna.com/single-engine/cessna-400.html

If you have a bigger job and you need to go faster and further, then how about this beauty?
http://www.socata.com/aircraft/specifications/specifications.php

If you’re talking business jets the small aircraft industry has them in all sizes from four place to cabin class.

Here’s a pretty nice one that travels across oceans.
http://www.gulfstream.com/gulfstreamg650/

Now that you know more about the role of private aircraft in business, here’s more about our trustworthy Congress. The same Congress that castigated all executives who are using jets to travel more efficiently also passed a stimulus bill (American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009) extending the special 2008 tax incentives for aircraft purchases used in a business or leasing situation. Now go ask the people who work in aircraft sales what happened to them when Congress and the Media gave their business efficiency industries a bad name. They’ll tell you that sales plunged – Big Time. Obviously, our elected representatives are deceptive at best, or dishonest, or corrupt, or incredibly stupid from too much grain in the diet – or all of the above.

Could it be that government is more of the problem – than the solution?
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How Bad is the Economy?
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From the way the news reports sound you’d think the economy has fallen off a cliff like the coyote in the Road Runner cartoons. For sure sales of big ticket items (autos, airplanes, homes, buildings, factories, jewelry, furniture, appliances, computers, RVs, etc.) have fallen through the floor. In addition unemployment has soared from 4.4% two years ago to 8.1% today. Back in the overheated days of 2000 the unemployment rate actually dropped to as low as 3.8% but peaked at 6.3% in 2003 following the 911 attacks.

Let’s put the unemployment numbers in another perspective. Basically, about 4% of the population will be unemployed at all times. Maybe 1% is for folks who are moving up to new jobs. The remaining 3% consists of irresponsible types who can’t hold down a job to save their souls. Those poor folks really like welfare and usually welfare “pays” more than whatever kind of job they can land.

So let’s say the real unemployment rate is 8.1% minus 4%. That makes it 4.1%. Of these maybe a third of them are in the marginal deadbeat class and their employers were glad to get them off the payroll. These marginal deadbeats will also use Welfare to the fullest. That leaves two thirds of the 4.1% (2.73%) of the unemployment sector that’s in the responsible citizen class. These folks not only know how to work, but want to work, and look at welfare as an embarrassment rather than a retirement program.

Take the 4% normal unemployment level, add to it the newly unemployed deadbeats, and they make a 5.4% unemployment rate. The unemployment rate for May 2008 was 5.5%. Yes, for all responsible folks not having a job is a disaster. The irresponsible usually find Welfare to be better than work, so we’ll ignore them. It’s the responsible ones we need to watch. Undoubtedly in the next few months the unemployment ranks should continue to expand and most of the new layoffs will make pretty good hands for any outfit. But unemployment figures lag economic activity. Businesses are slow to layoff and slow to rehire. On the other hand, responsible folks are aggressive job seekers. They know how to bet on themselves and earn their way back into the business world. I wouldn’t bet against them nor the savvy businesses that are looking to take advantage of recruiting great workers the likes of which they’d never be able to approach in normal times.

On top of that, the population grows and things wear out. Furniture wears out. Homes fall apart. Automobile repairs start to exceed the cost of buying new. Clothes wear out. And every day that consumption is postponed, greater demand is brewing.

Don’t forget, even today 91.9% of the total potential work force is working. More importantly 97.27% of the actual productive, responsible workforce is working. With sales of automobiles off 50%, obviously there is a growing demand that will soon come uncorked. Couple that with a Federal government that is printing a boat load of money to spend on every dream possible, practical or not. Unless the banking system implodes before a recovery commences (an unlikely event), there is going to be an upside explosion in the months ahead.

The price of Copper has started to rebound after a big drop last fall. Copper is a very price sensitive metal to economic trends. Most commodity prices have stabilized and look like they may at least go sideways if not up in the months ahead. Those are positive signs.

My greatest concern is not if we’ll have a recovery, on that I’m pretty certain, but just how explosive will it be? By explosive I’m talking mostly in the Consumer Price Index arena. With all the newly printed money about to chase goods and with the pent up demand for worn out stuff growing greater everyday, the combined forces of consumption may actually set off a hyperinflationary explosion.

Additionally, how much staying power will a recovery have? Will it be a flash in the pan or will it be sustainable? For starters, and I’m back to taxes again, taxing the responsible to reward the irresponsible is not how a good business operates. Taxing folks who can invest in America is detrimental to future growth. Rewarding irresponsible people for not having a job doesn’t spur them into getting a job. Creating a larger government to feast on the responsible productive folks will be counterproductive to the necessary goal of eventually reducing government debt in the future.

Time will tell. But for now, I’d get my financial ducks in order for a snap back recovery and maintain my health the best I could.
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Are Americans Snapped or What?
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There’s a huge number of folks out there suffering with bipolar disorder. Couple that with ignorance and you get a really explosive mixture of nastiness. Sure there’s a real cure, but these folks aren’t interested because to them the problem is always you, not them. For instance a fellow called and asked, “What kinds of grass do you have on your ranch? Is it native grasses or introduced grasses? Also, do you plant any grasses and if so, what kinds?

So here’s my answer. “There are probably way more than 50 different grass species on my ranch. Also, I’ve probably planted a combination of 50 different varieties of a multitude of species over the years. Some of our grasses are native, many are introduced. But it doesn’t make any difference if the grasses are native or not when it comes to nutrition. So, do you want me to tell you the names of all these grasses?”

He slammed down the phone on me. I called him back. He was seething mad like a maniac.

I know he had a simple question – but the answer is not simple. Maybe in his yard or sidewalk strip he has two or three grass species. But my ranch is a botanist’s dream come true. On a square mile of land with low lands, hills, creeks, ponds, woods, and open pastures there can be an incredible number of different grass species along with various varieties – not counting the many different weeds, trees, and bushes.

This fellow is typical of folks who live in cities. If you’re not a professional in the ranching business you can’t even come close to comprehending what a real ranching environment is like here in NE Texas. And our country differs greatly from west Texas, significantly from the Great Plains, etc. On top of that even nonprofessional ranchers know so little about the many sciences involved in ranching that they are pretty ignorant. So, all too often when city folks ask questions about grasses, water, soils, fertilizers, cattle management and the like they aren’t making much sense to a professional cattlemen. That’s because they just don’t know enough about ranching and livestock rearing to ask a decent question. I suppose it’s like asking a professor of math theory in graduate school to explain something – anything. I know I wouldn’t be able to ask a proper question much less understand a word of any of his answers. But I wouldn’t be mad at him for not thinking on my two-plus-two basic math level.

Horrible Meats
Another guy calls and said all the meats in his order were horrible. He’d only eaten a small portion of the entire order consisting of beef, lamb, and bison. But that didn’t matter, it was all bad, the worst he’d ever had. He wanted his money back. Of course, at the same time many other customers had eaten meats shipped during the same week and they were reporting that the meats were wonderful – they made good flavorful meals that were real nutritious. By the way, this complainer started off saying we weren’t near as good as Omaha Steaks or steaks from another grass-fed outfit. Oh, he also said our packaging was the worst he’s ever experienced.

Everyone knows, or they should know, that Omaha Steaks are grain-fed to the hilt. Nothing can be more full of corn. Omaha Steaks may be perfect in terms of consistency, cut, tenderness, packaging and such but when it comes to nutrition, they are disasters. The other grass-fed outfit, I don’t know. If their meats are like ours they vary somewhat especially if they harvest critters like we do on a steady basis all year long. Plus not all critters will make a perfect steak. Many are outstanding, some are great, some are nice, while some are – well, let’s say they require a sharp knife and need to be sliced thin.

Our main objective is not to replicate Omaha Steaks in the nutrition department. So we don’t have a feedlot. Our cattle are in the real world environment their entire lives. This introduces many variables. The meats will be dark colored and they may taste gamy, grassy, fishy (omega-3 fatty acid). They will feel “clean” and won’t have the same smell as grain-fed meats. The variability in critter sizes and fat cover at harvest will vary way beyond that of the feedlot produced counterparts.

To be able to ship meats our packaging has to be not only tough but capable of protecting meat in a freezer environment even when the packaging material has a hole in it. In every case, when a meat cut thaws some juice will leak. We don’t have soaker pads in our meat packs. So folks have to thaw our meats in a shallow bowl or in the sink.

Yes, shopping at Slanker’s is not like shopping at Whole Foods or Wal Mart. Our main focus is on nutrition. The typical grocery store (Whole Foods) focuses on perceptions, image, and meaningless fancy talk. How many grocers do you know who advertise that you shouldn’t eat any grain, grain-based foods, and grain-fed livestock? When an outfit does that, you’ll know they are serious about nutrition first putting flash and dash second.

Bacon: All Fat and Horrible Tasting
Another fellow e-mailed that the grass-fed pork fresh sides (bacon) in his order was mostly fat and his son couldn’t stand the horrible taste and refused to eat it. So he wanted his money back. This fellow turned out to be more reasonable after I uncorked on him about bacon being mostly fat since it was belly fat and that his kid’s perception of what is and is not good has no bearing on the equation.

A child cannot comprehend the differences between real nutritious food and garbage. On the other hand he sure understands flavor. And what he’s used to (salty grain-fed bacon) is what he expects. If it’s different and not sweet or salty, then forget it. He won’t like it. Grass-fed pork doesn’t taste like grain-fed pork. That alone can turn off anyone expecting our pork to taste like the grain-fed pork they’ve always known.

Furthermore, our pigs aren’t bred to perform the same way modern grain-fed pigs grow so when they get fat they are fat. The modern grain-fed pig is not supposed to put on too much fat while being fed grain. That’s why if you put them out on grass they’ll probably die in short order. Their bodies aren’t capable of putting on fat with grass! All bodies require fat to survive. A real hog will fatten like a pig (so to speak) on alfalfa. So the belly fat is pretty fatty. But it’s a nutritious fat that is outstanding to eat and use as a cooking grease. It stays soft in a refrigerator. In fact, I’ve had my cooked grass-fed pork fat set up just like green Jell-O in a refrigerator.

People who want to improve their health have several options. The can take prescription drugs. They can have operations. Or they can change the foods they eat.

All body failings are chronic diseases. Nearly every mental and physical body failing can be traced to eating grain, grain-based foods, grain-fed livestock products, and high glycemic foods. So, if food is the answer, to avoid bad foods one must eat like a caveman and avoid most modern foods. People who do that report major improvements in their health and well being. Many report that they have totally stopped the symptoms of their chronic diseases. All fat people report that their bodies ended up conforming to the old fashion height and weight charts.

Unfortunately, Caveman foods differ significantly in many respects compared to modern foods. Proper foods can’t be made to fit a finicky American’s perception of what food should be. Real foods are real foods. So if one wants to change the status of their health for the better and prevent body failure in the future, they only have one choice. The must change and learn to live with a new world order. They must change their perceptions as what is proper when it comes to flavors, textures, colors, and traditions.

The alternative is drugs and operations. Unfortunately, I don’t know of any drugs or operations that actually cure chronic diseases. They only allow the afflicted to function with their ailments. Many people accept body failures as being a normal fate in life. They assume their ailments are a sign of maturity (the destiny of all old people) not as self inflicted damage caused by eating grain, grain-based foods, grain-fed livestock products, and high glycemic foods. So the beat goes on and we all have to deal with the madness.

LIVE STRONG!!!

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